Just off the Alta exit on Interstate 80, high flows of water in Canyon Creek have exceeded the capacity of the culvert at Morton Road and caused a catastrophic collapse, blowing-out the road, the only point-of-entry into a swath of 15 homes and a Sons of Norway recreational center and lodge (known as Camp Norge).
Randall listens in disbelief as Anderson describes the situation, his fears forming.
Unsuspecting motorists might drive off the icy edge of the broken road, plunging 40 feet to the bottom of a roaring Canyon Creek.
With a point-of-entry and exit now in play, Randall and Ordway assemble a team and begin drawing up reconstruction plans, deciding to replace the culvert with a new bridge, a much faster and cheaper way to restore access. It’s also a greener option, which will help to restore Canyon Creek back to its original slopes and topography, and restore habitat for indigenous species such as frogs and turtles.
With time being of the essence, the bridge contract is awarded to RNR Construction, who can deliver a new bridge by the end of June under the estimated $3 million price tag.
The Placer County Board of Supervisors quickly give the county and RNR Construction the green light to begin around-the-clock construction of a new bridge.
Nearly six months since its collapse, emergency repairs of the new Morton Road Bridge over Canyon Creek are complete. To help celebrate the reopening, the county holds a small ribbon-cutting ceremony to share thanks with all the nearby residents, construction crews, partnering agencies and county staff.
"The winter of 2017 was the winter that never seemed to end. I cannot commend county and RNR Construction enough for their dedication and perseverance to complete our mission within such a short time span," said Placer County Chairwoman and District 5 Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery.
Among those affected by the washout was Camp Norge, a 46-acre family camp founded in 1957 by members of the Norwegian cultural heritage group Sons of Norway.
Camp Norge members came in from all of over the area to show their appreciation for the completed bridge and even provided workers with a Norwegian-style lunch back at Camp Norge, complete with meatballs.